Question: How common is breast implant surgery?

Dr. Rod: Very! It’s one of the most common procedures I perform. In 2016, there were 290,467 breast implant surgeries according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Question: How common is breast implant removal?

Dr. Rod: It’s rare but it can occur. In 2016, there were 28,467 breast implant removal surgeries according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Question: Are warranties for breast implant safety important to cosmetic patients?

Dr. Rod: Shows like my beloved E’s Botched, have increased public awareness for plastic surgery complications and breast implant safety. Any surgery can have complications but a detailed examination and experience reduce risk. Cosmetic complications can be expensive if insurance doesn’t foot the bill. Manufacturers of implants offer extended warranties to patients whenever they qualify.

Question: What should a patient ask before getting breast implants?

Dr. Rod: Ask [your surgeon] what size, shape, and type is best for your body. Ask how many he or she has done and what the complication rate is. Does he or she have the appropriate credentials? Do the implants have a warranty?

Question: What do the warranties cover?

Dr. Rod: The best warranty currently offered is by Mentor. They cover the most common complications for ten years. There’s no charge for insurance coverage for gel breast implants. When you come into the office my staff and I will go over all the details.

Question: How do I find out more about breast implant safety?

Dr. Rod: Make a complimentary consultation with me at or call 623-289-2809.